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Part II - Examinations

Part II Earth Sciences Exam Structure

exam component               duration (hours) marks % notes
Seminar paper 3 9 Answer 1 question from each of 3 sections (1 section per course, each with 2 questions)

Theory paper 1

Theory paper 2

3

3

21

21

In each paper, answer 1 question from each of 3 different sections (1 per course, each with 2 questions)

Practical paper 1*

Practical paper 2*

Practical paper 3*

3

3

3

8

8

8

 

Take practical papers for 3 courses

Mapping project report - 25 6,000 words
Viva 0.5 No formal %. Used mainly to assess project mark and borderlinemarks overall
Total 18.5 100

*Examiners can, with due notice, substitute assessed practicals for practical exams in any one course.

Practical marks count 36.4% of the marks for each course (excluding seminars).

All candidates must submit records of field work and practical classwork, to be submitted by the last day of the practical examination.

"Half" subject Part II Earth Sciences Exam Structure

exam component               duration (hours) marks % notes
Seminar paper 2 6 Answer 1 question from each of 2 sections (1 section per course, each with 2 questions)

Theory paper 1

Theory paper 2

2

2

14

14

In each paper, answer 1 question from each of 2 different sections (1 section per course, each with 2 questions)

Practical paper 1*

Practical paper 2*

3

3

8

8

 Take practical papers for 2 courses

Viva 0.5 No formal %. Used mainly to assess project mark and borderlinemarks overall
Total 12.5 50

*Examiners can, with due notice, substitute assessed practicals for practical exams in any one course.

Practical marks count 36.4% of the marks for each course (excluding seminars).

All candidates must submit records of field work and practical classwork, to be submitted by the last day of the practical examination.

Physical Sciences

The papers set for the Half Subjects shall either be those set for the Part II subject of the same name, or contain a subset of questions from those papers. The maximum marks allocated to each component shall be as follows: Half Subject 60% (rounded up from the 50% marks as stated above), Part IB Subject  25%, Dissertation  15%.

 

Form and Conduct Notice

Each candidate will choose three courses from a choice of five.

These will be examined as follows:

(a)        Two written papers of three hours each which will examine the courses given in the Michaelmas and Lent Terms. Each paper will contain one section on each of the courses. Candidates will be required to answer three questions, including not more than one question from any one section.

(b)        One written paper of three hours, which will examine material taught in the seminars associated with each course. The paper will contain one section on each course; each section will contain two questions. Candidates will be required to answer three questions, including not more than one question from any one section.

(c)        In association with each of the courses, either a practical examination of three hours will be set, in which candidates are to attempt all the questions set, or candidates will be required to undertake continuously assessed practical work in place of a practical examination. Candidates will be required to take three practical examinations/assessed practical assignments.

Candidates will also be required to submit the following:

(i)         A project report of not more than 6,000 words (excluding footnotes), to be submitted not later than the second day of Full Lent Term.

(iii)       Records of field work and practical classwork, to be submitted on the last day of the practical examination.

General information

The examination requirements and any practical work associated with each paper shall be announced by the Head of the Department of Earth Sciences not later than the beginning of the Michaelmas Term. The Examiners shall be provided by the Head of the Department of Earth Sciences with assessments of any assessed practicals; in assigning marks for the examination the Examiners shall take account of these assessments.

The report of a research project shall be on a subject which may be either proposed by the candidate and approved by the Head of the Department of Earth Sciences, or chosen by the candidate from a list of approved subjects announced by the Head of the Department by the beginning of the Lent Term in the academic year immediately preceding the examination. Each candidate shall either obtain the approval of the Head of the Department for the subject proposed or notify the Head of the Department of the subject chosen from the list not later than the division of the Lent Term immediately preceding the examination. The report shall be submitted to the Examiners not later than the first day (Tuesday) of Full Lent Term.

The records of classwork and fieldwork shall be submitted to the Examiners through the Head of the Department of Earth Sciences not later than the last day of the written examinations and shall bear the signatures of the teachers under whose direction the work was performed. The types of classwork and fieldwork shall be announced by the Head of the Department not later than the beginning of the Michaelmas Term.

Copies of the past examination papers are in the Library, on the Department website and Moodle, and also available from the Class Assistants. However, because the course structure changed in summer 2015, lecturers will need to advise you as to how relevant past papers are. Questions in the examinations may involve some general knowledge from previous years' teaching. The marking criteria are given in Section 7.

Notice about materials which may be taken into practical examinations:

Candidates are reminded that no written or printed materials may be taken into the examinations. For appropriate practical examinations mineralogical and palaeontological reference material will be made available, i.e Deer, Howie & Zussman and Palaeontological Monographs. Candidates are allowed to take in their own copy of DHZ to the practical examination in Petrology.

Candidates are advised to bring writing and drawing instruments, lens, calculator (See also below), as appropriate.